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RATINGS: 1786   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   IBU: 37   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Complex, roasty aroma with a bittersweet, chocolate-coffee taste and a bold hop presence.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2005
Roasty, grainy chocolate-cocoa aroma is very sweet but enticing. Clear mahogany brown coloured body is topped by a decent, tan, fine bubbled head that lasts very well. Sweetness and roastiness are harmonious in their balance leading up to the charred, ashy aftertaste. Medium body with lively though gentle effervescence. Sampled at GABF 2005.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tlitt2 (58) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 7, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2005 Bottle out of Great Lakes Sampler. Poured a stunning dark brown with amber accents. Head is a chestnut color and quite dense. Aroma is a potent whiff of roasted coffee and nuts. Flavor follows suit, with nice bitter chocolate. Faint sweet/ cherry flavor within as well. Can’t think of anything wrong with this one.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Dark brown with a thick tan head. Head looked like Capuccino. Aroma had roasted coffee, chocolate, citrus and cherry. Taste wonderful with chocolate, citrus and coffee with a touch of cherry. There was a bit of chocolate brownie in the mix, but it was a roasty flavor for the most part. Mouthfeel had a bit of port in it. This was a very impressive Porter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Dark brown color with a touch of red. Aromas of chocolate, maybe some cherries, malt and some smoke. Flavor of dark chocolate malt with small amounts of coffee. /

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Poured a very deep garnet with a light toffee head. Really cool copper sheen on the top as the head dissipated. Some lacing ensued. Deep, roasty chocolate malts (milk first, followed by baker’s chocolate) in the aroma, with bitter coffee coming through as this warmed. Coffee became more pronounced in the flavor, giving a great bitterness around the edges and at the finish. Chocolate also played a large part in the flavor... and there was a nice dose of citric hoppiness at the finish. Heaven on the palate... smooth chocolate across the middle, and roasty & bitter coffee and hoppage around the edges. Citrus twist at the finish. Nice medium-heavy fullness to it. Great brew!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (7216) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2005
Draught at Cole’s, Buffalo NY. Pours a very dark brown with ruby hues and a nice size lasting light-brown head. Looks great. Nice well balanced aroma and flavour of roasted malt, hops, espresso, nuts and chocolate. Full bodied, especially for a Porter. Really good!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopshopshops (4) - napoleon, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2005 does not count
pours very dark with little head. smells of chocolate. smooth taste, hops and chocolate and coffee all at the same time. easily the best beer from great lakes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Pours dark brown almost black with a thin tan head. Has a roasted, malty and coffee aroma. Flavor is very well balance with a crisp finish with notes of malt, chocolate, coffee, and smoke.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6375) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2006 Draught. At Cole’s, Buffalo NY. Poured deep black with a good lasting light brown head (4.5). Aroma of dark roast nutty malt, hops, a touch of coffee and raisins, appealing spiciness emerges as it warms. Taste is burnt aromatic leaves, dray roast malt, toasted chestnuts, there’s some sweetness and spices underlying this - very grassy, quite odd - not unappealing, just odd. Decent body for a porter, extremely dry, this is a complex and difficult to pin down. A real sipper.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
whiterabbit81 (244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Very impressive for a easily attainable, reasonably priced porter. Pours a dark black with a foamy (off) white head. Lacing sticks to the side of the glass. Flavor is wonderfully choclately and creamy with a nicely sweet (and somewhat hoppy) aftertaste. Perhaps a bit of a maple flavor. Very thick in the mouth; one gets the flavor of hop when one licks the lips. Just a great porter.


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